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Surgery & Laser Therapy
Gum surgery, also known as periodontal surgery is a procedure including different types of methods in order to treat the gingiva or the soft tissues surrounding one’s teeth as well as their supporting bone.
What gum surgery procedures does your dental practice offer?
- crown lengthening
- gingival flap surgery
- bone surgery
What benefits does gum surgery have?
Gum or gingival tissue is as important as overall dental health when it comes to a beautiful smile; improved periodontal health.
- The gum tissue can be corrected so as to be in harmony with the white teeth; increased chances of keeping your natural teeth stand.
- Elimination of a “gummy smile”, where your gums are exposed and your teeth appear smaller, longer or in the wrong place
- Eliminating the existing bacteria, the regenerating bone and tissue helps to reduce pocket depth and also repair the damage caused by Periodontal Disease.
A comprehensive evaluation of your gums and supporting structures will be assessed and a periodontal treatment plan will be recommended and reviewed with you by your dentist prior to any future restorative or cosmetic dentistry.
Our modern dental laser technology facilitates speedier and more comfortable healing used most often in gum treatments.
How do lasers apply to dental care & gum healing?
Our dental laser enables our dental care practice to offer patients the most sophisticated, precise and minimally invasive technology available in dentistry. Its high affinity for soft tissue makes it an invaluable tool for aesthetic re-contouring of the gums, accessibility, isolation and the healing of soft tissue and other non surgical periodontal applications. It differs from traditional methods in that it is more efficient and often faster. There is less post-operative discomfort for the patient and the bacteria levels in affected areas are reduced.
There is virtually no damage to healthy tissue.
Laser treatment for beginning gum disease (Gingivitis)
Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is characterized by red, puffy, inflamed and bleeding gums. It is caused by the bacterial plaque that forms on our teeth. Removing this is the goal of daily brushing and flossing. In some cases the germs can build up and get into the spaces between the teeth and the gums – called the pockets. These bacteria cause gingivitis.
Use of the laser can eliminate a very large percentage of the bacteria in the pockets. It also stimulates re- growth of healthy cells, followed this with good oral hygiene, and your gingivitis can be controlled.
Laser-Assisted Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal disease is caused by the same bacterial plaque as gingivitis and is usually characterized by a similar appearance of the gums. The difference is that the long-standing infection of the gums makes the space between teeth and gums (the pockets) deeper.
What cannot be seen is that the tooth’s support (each tooth’s root connected to the jawbone) is dissolving away.
Laser-Assisted Periodontal therapy involves all aspects of our traditional and successful gum treatment program. Additional benefits include:
- Killing 99% of the bacteria in the pocket
- Removing all infected tissue
- Stimulating re-growth of the tooth’s attachment and bone support
Laser use in cosmetic dentistry
The soft tissue laser is an ideal tool to complement the cosmetic procedures that Dr. Mah and his associate’s performs. The attractiveness of a smile is dependent on the frame made by the lips and gums. Ideal shapes of the gums are essential for an aesthetic result. The laser is ideally suited to perform these procedures:
- Without pain
- Without bleeding
- With enhanced healing
Welcome to the office of Dr. Terry Mah. We feel so privileged that you have chosen our team of highly experienced professionals to care for your teeth. You can count on each of us to look after you with the utmost care and professionalism.
Dr. Terry Mah Dental
7180 – 120th St.
Surrey, BC V3W 3M8
Phone: (604) 594-1551